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post #1 of 25 Old 02-18-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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The First Horse You Broke

Tell me about it. I'm nowhere near ready to even consider starting a horse, but what about the rest of you? For those of you who have broke a horse, I'm curious. What's your story?

Who was the first horse you started? What was its breed/age/temperament/other facts? How much previous riding and/or general horsey knowledge did you have before going for it, and how did you know/decide you were ready? Did anyone help you? Is there anything you regret doing or could have done better, now that you have more experience? What is that horse like today? And anything else you think is worth mentioning.

Humour me. Tell me about your first breaking experience.



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post #2 of 25 Old 02-18-2011, 11:06 PM
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Hmmm...okay...I'll go!!! Before I bought my first 'green broke' gelding, I had been riding since I was old enough to crawl I guess. My family had a personal friend who had raised, shown, and trained QH's for years and years, so she taught me how to handle, show, and eventually helped me train that green gelding.

Said gelding was a Morgan/Shetland cross...Super cute tobiano bay roan, probably about 14.1 hh...I think he was "Just" under pony height, so we were able to show in pony classes, haha. He was a nightmare, really, when I look back on it. Pushy, stubborn, couldn't catch him, would buck, and liked to stop and back for eternity if he didn't want to go foward...great first project horse, eh? But my trainer said she thought we could work through those, since he was young, and had been basically been a pasture ornament.

Well we were able to work through all those issues, though some days were very frustrating!!! But my trainer always made sure we ended on a positive note and eventually he turned out to be a pretty decent little horse, and we showed in all 4-h events, from pleasure to the gaming events; he could certainly still be stubborn, but I wound up being able to use him to teach a few cousins how to ride, so I guess my trainer and I didn't do too bad of a job

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post #3 of 25 Old 02-18-2011, 11:54 PM
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I haven't started any yet but this summer a trainer at my barn who has 85 horses, who vary in all ages, is going to have me help out in the spring/summer to start/ride some of them. I'm very excited!

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post #4 of 25 Old 02-19-2011, 12:18 AM
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It was a 4 y/o welsh X. Evilest pony ever. For the first 4 months she threw every one that got on her. But after that she became a great jumper pony. Now she is used as a kids pony for summer camps.
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post #5 of 25 Old 02-19-2011, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Congrats on doing so well your first time, you guys =)



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post #6 of 25 Old 02-19-2011, 11:11 AM
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My first horse, wasn't a horse actually - it was a Mule :) A huge pure white, 17hh Throughbred Mule *Thoroughbred being her mother* Her name is, or was Daisy *I have no idea where she is now, or how she is doing*

I grew up in the country since we moved out there when I was in grade 5, and I was surrounded by lots of ranches and horses. I got to know a family who had a large ranch, facility where they bred mules. They were pleasure riders, and used the majority of their stock when they spent months in the mountains hunting.

I spent days apon days with them, and was priveledged enough to beable to work with their babies, their mules and their handsom mammoth jack named Cracker Jack :) lol.

I became attached to this lovely white molly named Daisy, and I was able to break her myself.

I spent days doing a lot of ground work, handling and hand work. Leading, playing with her body, being all over her and in her space. Then it eventually branched off to doing harness work. I did a lot of long lining with her. We went everywhere, up roads, through trails, up and down driveways - she was a smart cookie!

Then, it went from that, to putting saddles on her and letting her get accustomed to that. I would lunge her with potato sacks hanging off of her, yes, with potatoes in them :P draped over the saddle. When she moved, the sacs would move with her, smacking her - she never responded to be honest. She was always quite quiet, and mellow and just went with the flow.

So I hopped on her - and voila, she was my new riding Mule :) She was awesome! First day I was on her back, I took her on a 2 hour trail ride. Had a blast! She walked, trotted and cantered.

She was a blast! After that, I was hooked :)

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My first horse, wasn't a horse actually - it was a Mule :) A huge pure white, 17hh Throughbred Mule *Thoroughbred being her mother* Her name is, or was Daisy *I have no idea where she is now, or how she is doing*

I grew up in the country since we moved out there when I was in grade 5, and I was surrounded by lots of ranches and horses. I got to know a family who had a large ranch, facility where they bred mules. They were pleasure riders, and used the majority of their stock when they spent months in the mountains hunting.

I spent days apon days with them, and was priveledged enough to beable to work with their babies, their mules and their handsom mammoth jack named Cracker Jack :) lol.

I became attached to this lovely white molly named Daisy, and I was able to break her myself.

I spent days doing a lot of ground work, handling and hand work. Leading, playing with her body, being all over her and in her space. Then it eventually branched off to doing harness work. I did a lot of long lining with her. We went everywhere, up roads, through trails, up and down driveways - she was a smart cookie!

Then, it went from that, to putting saddles on her and letting her get accustomed to that. I would lunge her with potato sacks hanging off of her, yes, with potatoes in them :P draped over the saddle. When she moved, the sacs would move with her, smacking her - she never responded to be honest. She was always quite quiet, and mellow and just went with the flow.

So I hopped on her - and voila, she was my new riding Mule :) She was awesome! First day I was on her back, I took her on a 2 hour trail ride. Had a blast! She walked, trotted and cantered.

She was a blast! After that, I was hooked :)
That is so awesome.



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post #8 of 25 Old 02-19-2011, 02:46 PM
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first horse I ever saddle broke was an 18 year old, maybe-halter-broke, arabian mare. She had been a baby factory her whole life, and when she could no longer produce, was donated to the college I was attending. The people had had her from birth and were very upfront about her being basically feral.

I was taking a behavior and training class and she was the horse I picked out of the hat and to work with. Everyone was horrified on my behalf. Even the instructor didn't expect much from her--my task for the class was to simply try to catch her, as she had the 5 acre quarantine field to run around in and wouldn't let anybody within 50 feet of her. The instructor (who was a QH person all the way) labeled her as a nutcase ayrab who was too old and too wild to ever change. I was told not to worry if I couldn't catch her by the end of the class. The expectations were so low, I was also assigned a nice QH yearling to work with, so I wouldn't "fail the class because of that crazy mare!"

That "crazy mare" taught me SO much. I actually had her catchable by the end of the first week, but didn't tell anybody (the QT field was nowhere near where they rest of the horses for the class were). Thinking back on it now, it really wasn't very safe to have let a student to be out in a pasture alone working a "crazy" horse, but I guess nobody expected me to actually get close enough to her to get hurt!

I enjoyed working with her so much, and once she trusted me, there wasn't anything she wouldn't do once I figured out how to get her to understand what I was asking. It was a pretty foolhardy thing to saddle break a horse alone in the middle of a huge field, but it didn't seem that way at the time! She was a very good girl about it, never any buck or rear. She learned stuff as fast as I could teach it to her (i still think she was smarter than I was).

Wasn't everyone shocked when, on midterm exam day, I not only arrived at the main farm with the mare, but rode her there! I think she was just as proud as I was to have everyone staring. And she sure didn't put a foot wrong, despite never having been ridden around other horses before.

By the end of the class, she was reliable w/t/c and I had even put her over some small fences, just to show she was willing. I could go to the gate and call and she'd come to meet me. Nobody had told her that she was too old to learn anything new.






At the end of the class, she was sold to an older woman who wanted a light riding horse and pasture pet. I would like to hope she is still moseying around somewhere, but I suspect she's no longer in this world. If only all throwaway broodies got such an ending!
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that is so great! Good on ya!

I used to break ponies to ride as I was very short, I'd get on them, get a little steering, turning, stopping and wtc on them. I don't know where any of them wound up, it was a long, long time ago.

Starting horses is fun, and I did a lot of fun stuff like that when I was younger, but when my spine started to deteriorate, I had to not do it any more.
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first horse I ever saddle broke was an 18 year old, maybe-halter-broke, arabian mare. She had been a baby factory her whole life, and when she could no longer produce, was donated to the college I was attending. The people had had her from birth and were very upfront about her being basically feral...
That was awesome. Very touching.

The first horse I broke, well I'm still working with him, is an Appy/QH and almost 5 yo. I started him when he was about 2 1/2. I had only been around horses for two years and started learning about training the second year. I worked with him over the winter in an arena and by spring we were riding outside. Since then I've only worked with him about every other weekend. He was and still is a LAZY boy. He can really move when he wants to but he usually likes to putt along. All those horses that they train to have their nose low to the ground, he does that by himself. I've given him the nickname Dirtpusher! He's really nice to ride, I'm guessing because of the Appy in him. The only thing I would have changed in training him would be to work him more regularly. A positive thing I got out of training him would be that he, and his big 'brother'( a spooky QH), taught me to be a better rider and how to stay on with bucking and crowhopping!

Here's a vid of his fourth ride:

That summer we went riding in the Badlands and on a fundraiser ride to fight cancer with over 400 horses. He did awesome with both!

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